Will Leitch asks ARE WE WINNING?
WHO: Will Leitch, Deadspin.com founder/web celebrity, sports columnist at New York magazine, and author of God Save The Fan.
WHAT: Meet Will Leitch at a discussion and signing for his new book, Are We Winning?: Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball.
WHY: It starts as a trip to remember: the Leitch men – diehard Cardinals fans – and Will’s best friend, a Cubs fan, at Wrigley Field for a Cubs vs. Cards battle. It becomes a love letter to fathers and to America’s favorite pastime.
Combining a sports writer’s adroit analysis with a fan’s fond ruminations on the meaning of the game, Are We Winning? is Will Leitch at his best. The book unfolds in half-inning increments where Will gives one-of-a-kind insight on the past, present, and future of the game–from Pujols’ unrivaled greatness to the myth that steroids have ruined baseball. Along the way, he shares memories of his father and growing up in the small town of Mattoon, including the year his dad coached his Little League team and nicknamed a scrawny kid “Bulldog,” and an unlikely postgame episode involving a biker bar and Mr. Holland’s Opus. And there is beer. Lots and lots of beer.
Are We Winning? is a book about the indelible bond that links fathers and sons. For the Leitch men it’s baseball that holds them together–not that either of them would ever be so weak as to admit it. No matter how far apart they are or what’s going on in their lives, they’ll always be able to talk about baseball. It’s the story of being a fan, a story about fathers, sons, and legacies. And one perfect game.
Will Leitch is a writer and the founding editor of the sports blog Deadspin. On Forbes’ recent list of the biggest stars on the Internet, he ranked ahead of the likes of Matt Drudge and Seth Godin. He is now the sports columnist at New York magazine, and a contributor to The New York Times, Fast Company, GQ, Sporting News, and Slate. The author of three previous books, Leitch lives in Brooklyn, New York.
WHERE: Level Five, Barnes & Noble at Boston University, 660 Beacon St. Green line to Kenmore Square. Street parking is available. This event is free and open to the public.
WHEN: Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.